5/24 – Grand Opening of the New Art Division and Teen Central

Wednesday, May 24 at 1:00pm

Reception on the 2nd floor of the Bausch & Lomb Building of the Central Library

Join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony announcing the grand opening of the newly renovated spaces, and see how the Teen Central space will provide even more opportunities for youth in our community.

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/umna-news/N_aIjfLgiwM

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Become a Member of the Zoning Board of Appeals

The City is seeking new members to represent the East District and some of our neighbors would be excellent candidates. If you are such a person, or you know someone who has been involved in these zoning issues please encourage them to submit applications to become a Member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Spread the word! See: http://www.cityofrochester.gov/zoningboard/

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6/11 – Little Kids, Big Rigs

How cool is this: Little Kids, Big Rigs

Sunday June 11 11:00 – 2:00  Parcel 5 Main & Cortland

Explore fire trucks, SWAT vehicles, police cars, city buses, garbage trucks, and construction equipment.  Tackle the obstacle course, paint on sidewalks, play life size checkers!

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6/3 – The Big Lunch

5th Annual Show on Monroe / The Big Lunch / Spokes & Ink

Saturday June 3 / 12:00 – 5:00

It’s an Annual Avenue Happening for Wicked Good Family Fun

Call for Volunteers – will you lend a hand for The Big Lunch? 

It’s a free community lunch on the front lawn of New Life Presbyterian Church at Monroe and Rosedale.  We need a few hands for set-up, tending the grill & clean up.  Send me an email if we can count on you for an hour.  Email ChrisatUMNA@gmail.com.  And mark your calendars now for a fun day all along the avenue!

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Your Input Sought regarding 151 Mt. Hope Avenue

The South Wedge Planning Committee has been working with Rochester Housing Authority and Morgan Management on a proposal for 151 Mt. Hope Avenue, the vacant lot next to the South Wedge Farmers Market along the Genesee River.

The proposal calls for 50 units of housing with a 50/50 mix of market rate and affordable homes. It would include riverfront retail space and enhancements to Genesee Gateway Park and the river promenade. Working with SCI, SWPC just wrapped up a series of public meetings but they are continuing to receive input through a community survey: https://goo.gl/forms/jvhW7giW0wLs3t5H3

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5/20 – ELLWANGER GARDEN

ELLWANGER GARDEN CELEBRATES 150 YEARS

OPEN TO PUBLIC WEEKENDS DURING LILAC FESTIVAL

The Ellwanger Garden, brimming with rare and beautiful perennials, is celebrating its 150th anniversary and is open to the public during the Lilac Festival weekends. Located at 625 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester’s “secret garden” is maintained by The Landmark Society of Western New York. There are few other sites in Rochester or New York State where you can see such a wide variety of flowers in a relatively compact garden, including rare and historic varieties.

The garden will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Lilac Festival weekends of May 13-14 and 20-21. Look for signs directing to nearby off-site parking. Admission is free; a suggested $5 donation is appreciated to help maintain the Garden.

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Spring Safety Notes

‘Tis the season when incidents of cars being rifled through become more frequent.  Remember to remove all valuables whenever you park your car in a drive or on the street.

There have been reports in nearby neighborhoods of an individual insistently knocking on doors late at night, telling variations of a story about needing money, ride to see a sick relative…   Don’t put yourself at risk!

Don’t open your door.

Don’t give the person a ride.

Don’t give the person money.

DO call 911 to report.

DO be a good witness.

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Dave Kramer: Cobb’s Hill Park Photo Essay

Dave Kramer has added two more stories to his series on Cobb’s Hill Park

Find them here at TalkeroftheTown.com:

http://talkerofthetown.com/2017/04/24/adding-a-wooded-haven-to-the-cobbs-hill-series-with-a-stroll-through-washington-grove/

http://talkerofthetown.com/2017/04/25/the-graffiti-towers-of-washington-grove-a-photographic-gallery/

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4/29 – Washington Grove Work Party

Washington Grove News and First Work Party of the Season

Saturday morning, April 29, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 or so.

We will be planting what we anticipate will be beautiful young black, white, and scarlet oaks. So, if you love planting, please plan to spend the morning with us. We will gather at the Nunda Blvd. entrance to the Grove rain or shine, unless there are high winds or it is absolutely pouring. Bring a shovel or work gloves if you have then. If not, we will provide.

The excellent news is that we have for some time concerned about a woolly adelgid infestation in the hemlock grove bordering Washington Grove. Woolly adelgid a native of Asia, is an aphid-like insect that has few natural predators in this country and is deadly to hemlocks. We have been working with the City forester on the issue, and he’s just informed us that he has managed to find funds from within a tight budget and is in the process of contracting with a local company to spray the trees to protect them. This spraying should protect the trees for five years, which gives us time to plan for the future.

http://friendsofwashingtongrove.org/

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Now thru 5/12 – Safe Sober Site

Cast Your Vote is Support of a Safe Sober Site in Rochester

Now through May 12

The Rochester Police Department is partnering with the D&C’s Unite Rochester and several other local organizations to win a $100,000 grant in support of a Safe Sober Site in the city. The facility would provide a location for officers to guide people who are high on opioids or other substances, so they can sober up safely and be offered treatment without arrest. But, the grant requires the community to vote for the idea – every day from now through May 12. Go to DemocratandChronicle.com/VOTE to find out more about the project and cast your votes in support of it.

Here is a link to a column that explains the initiative:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/opinion/columnist/philipp/2017/04/12/100000-idea-needs-your-vote/100324422/

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